by: Richelle Torres
Three Habits That Will Change Your Life
by Jeff Ware, Student Life Pastor
There are many spiritual habits that we would benefit from learning. Some of them we learn from a very young age if we grew up in the church, but many of them we do not learn until we are a little more mature in our faith. We could make an extensive list, but I want to be more succinct and focused on this blog. So, I want to give you what I believe are the top 3 spiritual habits that I think every Christ-follower should develop.
1. Time in Prayer.
This one is obvious, right? Yet, it is something that so many of us struggle with. I think it starts with a misunderstanding of what prayer really is. Many of us believe that prayer is a direct line to God to where we tell Him our desires and thank Him for our blessings. Well, this is only somewhat correct. There is incredible power and potential in prayer. That is because when we pray, Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand of the Father. He hears our requests and brings them directly to the Father. How cool is that? Jesus Christ is literally pleading on our behalf to the God of the universe. We would also be wise to remember that we need to pray because Jesus himself took the time to pray. We see that he sought out solitude in the Garden to pray. If He needed to pray, how much more do we? Prayer changes things, but even more, prayer changes us. Through prayer, we have the opportunity to reach our full potential in Christ. As we grow in our prayer life, we become more alive and more engaged with what God is doing. None of us are perfect at prayer, but as we take steps to grow spiritually in our prayer life, the impact is incredible.
2. Time in the Word.
The second one is right in line with the first one. Biblical literacy is at an all-time low, and most people would say that they are too busy. Yet, if we are honest, we really could all give up five minutes a day to hear from our Father. According to Josh McDowell, there are five reasons why we should read the Bible. When we read the Bible, we are able to see who God is and how much He loves us. We are able to understand why the death of Jesus is such a big deal. James 1:22 tells us that we are not just to READ the Bible but DO what it says. How can we do that if we don’t actually KNOW what it says? The third reason to read the Bible is that we can know God’s truth and how to live a life that honors and pleases Him by reading it. When we read the Bible, we also gain a “God mindset.” We understand grace and the character of God by immersing ourselves in the stories and seeing how God interacts with His people. It is not a secret that we live in a lost and dying world. When we read the Bible, we learn how to live courageously in this world. I promise you, time in the Word is a worthwhile investment. You can read more in Josh McDowell's article, linked here.
Did you know that we have a thing at CPC called Life Groups? These groups are a group of same-sex members that meet regularly to encourage and provide accountability to each other. If you’re not in a Life Group and would like to be, ask us how to get plugged in. Here is why we need accountability: In our Christian Journey, we need people to walk with us and cheer us on. Yet, we also need people in our corner who will tell us the truth in love and not always what we may want to hear. My Grandaddy used to say to me, “Jeffrey, you need people around you that will tell you when you’re wrong and help you to get right.” We can’t surround ourselves with a bunch of “yes” people who let us continue to be comfortable in our sin. James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (NLT)” I hear you, “Only God can forgive sins.” Yes, only God can forgive your sins through the blood of Jesus, but there is tremendous power in this type of accountability. To paraphrase Dietrich Bonhoeffer in chapter five of his book Life Together, when we only confess our sins to God our sins stay in the dark. When we also confess our sins to our Christian brothers and sisters, our sins come into the light, and we are forced to deal with them. Surround yourself with people who build you up and hold you accountable.
1 Comments on this post:
Pastor Jeff says it well! I need to read this a second time!